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Researchers identify genetic variants that may predict glaucoma risk

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An international study co-led by UCL has identified 133 genetic variants that could help predict the risk of developing glaucoma, the world’s leading cause of incurable blindness. 

UCL President & Provost elected to the board of the League of European Research Universities

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UCL President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, has been appointed as a member of the board of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) alongside Professor Karen Maex from the University of Amsterdam.

Cell types underlying schizophrenia identified

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The cell types underlying schizophrenia have been identified in a genetic study that looked for commonalities among the different genes already linked to the condition, find researchers at UCL, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and University of North Carolina (USA).

Nearly half of women with HIV lack support to manage menopause

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Women with HIV are failing to get the support they need during menopause, according to a new study led by UCL. 

Most deprived are more likely to develop dementia

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Older adults in England with fewer financial resources are more likely to develop dementia, according to new UCL research.

Stars formed only 250 million years after the Big Bang

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Stars in a galaxy 13.28 billion light years away formed only 250 million years after the Big Bang, finds a team of international astronomers led by groups at UCL and Osaka Sangyo University in Japan.

Alcohol and tobacco biggest threat to lifespan of all addictive drugs

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A new review, co-authored by Professor Robert West (UCL Behavioural Science and Health), has compiled the most up-to-date source of information on the burden of death and disease caused by alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use.

Teenagers shun homework for social media and video games

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Teenagers are far more likely to spend their time on social media and gaming after school than they are to be doing homework, according to a new UCL-led study.

Did leprosy originate in Europe?

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The largest study to-date on the DNA of ancient leprosy has revealed more strains of the debilitating disease were present in Medieval Europe, than previously thought.

Genome sequencing reveals origin of killer fungus behind the ‘amphibian plague’

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A deadly fungus responsible for the devastation of amphibian populations around the world has spread from East Asia, according to new research led by scientists at UCL, Imperial College London and Zoological Society of London.

Gene may have helped humans adapt to cold climates

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A gene variant common in Europeans may have proliferated because it helped early humans adapt to cold weather, according to UCL research.

Six UCL scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society

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Royal Society Fellows 2018

Six scientists from the UCL community have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society in recognition of their outstanding contributions to research and innovation that benefit humanity.

Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research: 2017/18 winners announced

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A vibrant series of images have been unveiled as winners of the Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research competition for 2017/18, run by the UCL Doctoral School.

Artificial muscles promise to speed up testing of treatments for muscle diseases

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Artificial muscles grown from human stem cells could pave the way forward for treating muscle diseases, according to new research led by UCL.

Microbes are savvy when contributing to the common good

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Microbes vary their contribution to a community to maximise the return on their investment according to a new study led by UCL and the University of Bath.

Why child mortality is 1.5 times higher in England than Sweden

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Premature births, low birth weight and birth anomalies explain why England has a higher death rate than Sweden among children under 5 years old, according to a new study led by UCL.

UCL led team awarded prestigious EU grant to prepare for data from ESA’s Euclid

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A team of cosmologists from nine countries, led by UCL, have been awarded €1.6m in a prestigious EU Horizon 2020 grant to work across Europe in order to prepare for the next generation of astronomical data that will come from the European Space Agency Euclid mission. 

Office to residential developments providing 'poor quality housing'

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Research co-led by UCL highlights the benefits and detriment to residential housing, along with the implications for public authorities and local communities, following a series of changes to permitted development rights.

Mid-life anxiety may be linked to later life dementia

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People with moderate to severe mid-life anxiety may face a greater risk of dementia in later life, suggests an analysis of the available published evidence led by UCL and University of Southampton researchers and published in BMJ Open.

Belief in fake causes of cancer is rife

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Mistaken belief in mythical causes of cancer is rife, according to new research from UCL and the University of Leeds.

Artist creates paint pigments from coal mine sludge

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 An innovative UCL artist has hit a rich seam of life in old coal mine water and created five new commercial fine art paint colours, which will be launched at a ground-breaking exhibition this month (April).

Gaia's 3D census of over one billion stars in our Milky Way

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The positions and distances of over one billion stars in our Milky Way Galaxy have been released by the European Space Agency Gaia mission involving UCL researchers, creating the first 3D census of our home galaxy and opening a new window on the Universe.

Hospitals often missing dementia despite prior diagnosis

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Hospitals in the UK are increasingly likely to recognise that a patient has dementia after they’ve been admitted for a different reason, finds a new UCL-led study, but it is still only recognised in under two-thirds of people.

Climate change not the key driver of human conflict and displacement in East Africa

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Over the last 50 years climate change has not been the key driver of the human displacement or conflict in East Africa, rather it is politics and poverty, according to new research by UCL.

UCL-Lebanon project to map out a future for refugees

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A new UCL research centre, which will explore how to build prosperous societies in communities affected by mass displacement such as Lebanon, received its UK launch today.

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